Tax Tips

A quick guide to tax relief for college courses

Thinking about returning to third level education? For many people, their intention to pursue further education is often put off by the costs involved in doing so. However, did you know that you can claim tax back on fees paid for third level courses, subject to certain conditions?

To help you get up to speed on the tax relief available for third level courses, we’ve outlined the most important points to note:

Who is Eligible?

Tax relief at the standard rate of income tax (currently 20%) is available on tuition fees on qualifying courses. Even if you choose to pay for a course in installments, you may still be eligible.

To find out if the course you wish to study or have previously studied qualifies for this tax relief, check out this list of approved courses.

Since 2011,  tax relief is applicable on tuition fees including the Student Contribution fee. However, tax relief cannot be claimed against examination fees, registration fees and administration fees.

1. This tax relief is applicable per course, per student, per college year.

2. Any part of your tuition fees covered directly or indirectly by grants, scholarships, by your employer or other financial aid will not be eligible for tax relief.

3. If you are self-employed, you can claim for this tax credit in the Tuition Fees section on your income tax return.

4. Approved undergraduate courses must be of at least 2 years in duration.

5. Approved postgraduate courses must be at least 1 academic year in duration and the candidate must already hold a primary degree.

6. Paid tuition fees for an approved third level college course in the last 4 years? You could be due a tax refund.

Get Your Money Back

A claim for repayment of tax must be made within four years after the end of the relevant tax year in which you studied the course. Get in touch with the Irish Tax Rebates team today or simply apply online to find out more about claiming a tax refund on third level tuition fees.